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March 2002

Observations on Europe

Why is it that Europe keeps marginalizing itself? We look at the central reasons, including the continent’s persistent lack of vision, which is complicated by cultural complexity and a massive bureaucracy.

America the Moralizer

America’s habit of moralizing has become a constant irritant to the rest of the world. How far more instructive it would be to foreigners if they heard about America’s failings and the nation’s ability to overcome them: instead of criticizing Tiananmen Square, why not explain domestic crimes, such as Kent State or McCarthyism and how they shocked Americans into positive change?